Kevin Campbell is adamant Sokratis Papastathopoulos will leave Arsenal in the new year.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker said the 32-year-old is “a goner” and should have left the club in the summer.

Sokratis has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta this season and was not included in Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad named in October.

The centre-half, who earns £95,000-a-week according to Spotrac, has little over six months left on his deal at the Emirates and will be free to speak to foreign clubs regarding a pre-contract from 1 January.

Campbell suggested the Greece international may already have a verbal agreement with Italian giants Napoli in place.

“I think he is a goner,” he told Football Insider.

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“He is one of the players who was supposed to have gone in the summer. I expected him to leave to go and play football.

“Whether he chose not to go or whether Napoli decided they would instead sign him on a pre-contract in January – I am not sure.

“He chose to stay and it is a strange one because he must have known that he would not be involved. He is well within his rights to but as a player I would want to play.

“He is only there to pick up money. While he is well within his rights, I expect that players want to play football. That is everything.”    

In other news, it can be REVEALED that a senior Arsenal player has opened talks with the club over a new long-term deal.